Organises symposium featuring Ms. Shaheen Mistri (CEO, Teach for India) & eminent paediatricians speaking on Mental Health & Lifestyle Disease crisis in children
Mumbai, 12th August 2019 (GPN): Are schools ready to handle the Mental Health Crisis? Can schools address growing incidences of lifestyle diseases in Children? Today, school principals and headmistresses are facing many questions and are searching for answers. SRCC Children’s Hospital, Managed By Narayana Health (The first NABH Accredited Children’s Hospital in Maharashtra for comprehensive superspecialist services) Haji Ali, unveiled a NH My Healthy School Programme – advocating a holistic approach to the overall wellbeing of the child which when inculcated at an early stage leads to future healthy practises with the most experienced and highly trained Paediatric Specialists in the country. It will help shape a child’s future wellbeing.
NH My Healthy School Programme includes a dedicated website for Schools and Parents, which creates health related awareness for children in the early days of their life. The Programme also helps in guiding schools in maintaining student health records, preventive healthcare and setting medical emergency kits to provide emergency care. It focuses on emotional, scholastic, physical and mental health wellbeing through comprehensive awareness programs. SRCC-NH will provide consistent support in terms of emergencies and other illnesses. SRCC shall issue advisory in terms of health epidemics along with an annual health check-up for the tied -up schools along with a bouquet of deliverables pertaining to various departments and health talks on trending topics.
To mark this momentous occasion, SRCC Children’s Hospital under the stewardship of Dr. Mahesh Balsekar (Paediatrician), organised a symposium with Ms. Shaheen Mistri (CEO, Teach for India) as Guest of Honour; eminent speakers such as Dr. Pervin Dadachanji, Senior Consultant, Psychiatry & Clinical Psychology, Narayana Health – SRCC Children’s Hospital) speaking on Mental Health crisis in kids; and Dr. Paresh Desai, Senior Consultant, Paediatrics, Narayana Health – SRCC Children’s Hospital speaking on Lifestyle Disease crisis in kids.
Dr. Mahesh Balsekar, Senior Consultant, Paediatrics, Narayana Health- SRCC Children’s Hospital, said, “Schools play an important role in influencing a child’s physical, psychological, emotional, and intellectual development and therefore they need to promote all-round physical and mental health. Children tend to be more susceptible to illnesses. NH My Healthy School Programme empowers schools to serve as an important pivot to create awareness amongst parents and teachers about key aspects including mental and physical health for the holistic growth of children.” He added, “The Mental Health crisis is growing with childhood depression, exam stress and bullying. Lifestyle diseases such as childhood obesity, fitness, nutrition, screen and sleep issues are rampant. With 14.4 million obese children, India has the second highest number of obese children in the world, next to China. The epidemic of childhood obesity is spreading with the incidences of overweight and obese children of private schools catering to upper income families shooting up sharply to 35-40% compared to an average rise of 15% in other schools. Many children may have chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and food allergies which schools need to be aware of, as accidents or illness can also occur during school hours.”
Rupesh Choubey, Facility Director, Narayana Health- SRCC Children’s Hospital said, “Through the My Healthy School initiative, we, at SRCC-NH are working towards creating an informative portal that will educate parents and schools to identify symptoms in children which in turn will help in early diagnosis and treatment. The initiative is launched to support schools to have a structured approach towards the health of their students. Schools have mandatory health check-up as a part of their curriculum. Parents would take interest in our My Healthy School programme as they are getting a paediatric super specialist consultation. Schools and parents can pick and choose from the offerings. Certain schools have multiple health check partners who conduct these check-ups in a staggered way. We at SRCC-NH will provide end-to-end support to the tied up schools.”
SRCC Children’s Hospital managed by Narayana Health:
Founded in 2000 by renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Devi Shetty, Narayana Health is now one of India’s largest hospital groups, with 23 hospitals and 7 heart centers across the country and an international hospital in the Cayman Islands. SRCC Children’s Hospital, managed by Narayana Health in Haji Ali Park, Mumbai, is a state-of-the-art Multi-speciality Tertiary Care Hospital dedicated to treating infants, children and young adults. It is the 1st NABH accredited children’s hospital in Maharashtra providing compassionate care in more than 20 medical specialities. Our team of Doctors comprises of the most experienced and highly trained Paediatric Specialists in the country, capable of treating complex medical conditions and diseases. The team also consists of skilled nurses and paramedical staff supporting the specialists in delivering quality care to children. The hospital is designed keeping the needs of children in mind. For more information:www.